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Columns

  • My Personality Disorder

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    I recently called someone a narcissist, so they promptly took an online quiz that resulted in “proof” that they are only 23 percent narcissistic.  

    “Well, that can’t be right,” I insisted. “I am going to take the quiz too, but I am going to take it as you.”

    “You are so narcissistic that you think you can be me,” they goaded. 

  • The symptoms of inner peace

     The question of violence and danger in society occupies a lot of time, breath and printer’s ink.  The possibilities of peace and safety take up very little.  It is usual for us to think of containing violence by greater violence: the violence of weapons, of prisons, of riot squads.  And yet the teachers whose wisdom we prize above all others tell us that one cannot answer force with force; that only peace and detachment can meet violence and draw out its poisons.

  • A healthy fear of the Lord for Christmas

     Thanksgiving is behind us now and you are excited about Christmas because you’ve already got that spirit we all want to experience this time of year: Right?  What is the Christmas spirit anyway?  I think it is some feeling of joy we get because something happens that makes us feel more special than usual.  

  • Trusting in one another

     We have the joy and privilege of living with three dogs: Sadie, a lhasa apso; Stella, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and Tigger, a maltipoo.  Sadie is the alpha dog, the most independent of the three and usually finds her own place to be.   Invariably, Stella and Tigger will rest together, their heads bowed to each other, their small frames limp.

  • An Honor to serve

    By Jack Conway

     Serving as Kentucky’s 49th Attorney General has been an honor and a privilege.   I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together since I took office eight years ago.  I’ve kept my promises to you, and it’s been my honor to fight for you, to protect Kentucky families and to move this state forward.

  • Thirty days hath September

     You would think four decades after learning the poem that contains this line, I would remember which months have 30 days. But I don’t, so I have to recite it each time. And not just mentally recite it; I actually say it out loud, albeit under my breath.   

    They say that in kindergarten you learn everything you need to know in life.  I’d have to agree. 

  • The Thanksgiving Problem
  • Simba, the cat

     During some major life changes over the past several months, seven-year-old Hudson Charles has become very attached to one remaining constant: Simba, the cat.  He lavishes love on him, carries him everywhere and talks to him about his problems.  

  • “Nemo dat quod not hat”

     “You cannot give away what you do not have yourself” or in Latin “Nemo dat quod not hat” is a wonderful spiritual principle I learned years ago in my seminary education.  We must constantly learn and take care of ourselves first to be good for others.

  • Cultivating the spiritual gift of faith

     A small boy riding a bus home from Sunday school was very proud of the card he had received, which had a picture and a caption that read, “Have Faith in God.” 

    Then to his
    dismay the card slipped from his hand and fluttered out the window. “Stop the bus!” he cried. “I’ve lost my ‘faith in God!’”